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the president of the united states turned out to be a dlib fabrication because for sduecury reasons he made a trip under the veil of secrecy. this is standard operating procedure for presidents visiting america's various war zones. shortly after the 2008 election in which he was elected president, after the election but before the new president had been sworn in in december of 2008, then still president george w. bush took one of these surprise trips the, unannounced trips to background. it was december 14th, 2008. that's when this happened. >> yes. everybody calm down for a minute. first of all, thank you for apologizing on behalf of the iraqi people. it doesn't bother me. if you want the facts, it's a size 10 shoe that he threw. >> boy, if you were not surprised enough to find out that the president had surprise, gone to iraq, the president having a shoe hurled at him was definitely a surprise that day. when you look at the official transcript from this, we posted a link to it on our blog tonight. when you go through the transcript of this event, when you get to the part where the guy thr
that people take a look at peel's previous statements. the united states has conducted an operation that killed osama bin laden. >> we have breaking news at this very moment. we understand the president is in afghanistan. this on the first anniversary of the killing of osama bin laden. we understand that he traveled there overnight. there was something of a "meet the press" and media blackout but we are able to confirm the president is indeed in afghanistan. i'm joined now by kristen welker who is at the white house. please tell us what do you know? what have you heard? >> hi there. good afternoon to you. we can tell you that president obama arrived in afghanistan in kabul at 2:39 p.m. our time, which is 11:09 in afghanistan. right now, he is at the afghan presidential palace with president hamid karzai. we're just getting this information so i'll read it to you. he is there to sign the strategic partnership agreement which is essentially going to outline the relationship between the united states and afghanistan over the next decade. and will include sort of the outline for the wit
a very solid marker that this case, the chen case, was important to the united states. understand a couple of things. this is a broad important relationship between the united states and china, it's always going to be difficult and complex on a good day. then you throw something like this into the mix and it can have the potential for tensions although, up until today, it appeared the united states and china had worked constructively, intensely, to try to resolve this. go ahead. >> p.j., it sounds like someone is doubling back on the original agreement and/or the terms were not fully understood. chen guangcheng saying he felt he wife was going to be beaten to death if he didn't leave the u.s. embassy. it sounds like he at one point said that the u.s. had not -- was not pro active enough. that certainly doesn't look good. >> well, understand that mr. chen was trying to do something that was unique without precedent. normally the united states tries to work to bring activists out of china where they feel they are threatened. mr. chen specifically had the united states negotiate with
to sell -- trying to explain why the united states is going to be staying in afghanistan in one form or another for another, what is it now, 12 years. i mean, that is an amazing number when you think about it. a ten-year commit many here. now this is both on the economics front and on troops and all of that is still to be negotiated. every years, there will be a lobbying effort to convince congress to fund aid programs to afghanistan. we can only imagine what some of those political fights might look like over the next decade, plus two years. that said, this isn't going to be the easiest thing for the president to be explaining tonight. this is not spiking the football. i think at first when people heard rumor the president was going to afghanistan, is he simply having an ewith the troops on the day to mark the anniversary? no, he is trying to sell the what is not the most popular policy. you know what, we will be in afghanistan longer than folks want to be. but let me say why we will be there. i don't want to repeat 1989 when the u.s. abandoned afghanistan after helping beat the sov
united states senator, a former vice president of the united states, an experienced nationally known sober steady republican named richard nix on is running for president. he wins in 1968. he wins re-election in 1972. he never makes it to the end of the second term because of a little complication called watergate. in 1968 he was at the height of his appeal and he was a communist. see his campaign slogan, forward together. this is from the republican national committee archives. see the slogan at the bottom. bushy haired richard nixon communist. the reason you know that slogan indicates he's a communist because today's conservatives say so. i thought this was debunked already but conservatives even know, this is from last night on glenn beck's internet tv show, conservatives are still stuck on this. president obama's web video that came out ended with this slogan forward. the right just went nuts that the word forward was the obama campaign's way of signaling that it is marxist. it seems to impose the economic system by karl marx on america. that president obama is a communist, that
struggle continues this morning between the united states and china. at the heart of the conflict. guangche guangcheng ch ch chen gaung chen, the chinese activist who sought house arrest, said it was his decision to leave yesterday and now he s says he fears for his life in china and wants to come to the united states. ian helps us sorting through all of this in beijing. >> reporter: in a beijing hospital for treatment and family reunion after a deal between the u.s. and china that now appears to be unraveling. chen guangcheng was brought to the hospital personally by ambassador gary locke and u.s. officials say the left the embassy after six days preferring to stay in china after assurances by the chinese authorities about his safety. >> reporter: from day one, his express desire was to remain in china. he sought to be reunited with his family looking for a better life. >> reporter: they say he never once asked for asylum. once he knew u.s. officials said chinese authorities assured chen he wouldn't be mistreated and his allegations of abuse would be investigated and he'd get a new home an
. >> this agreement does commit the united states economically, to some degree militarily, to a training and supervisory role in poof level, and it does not send anything. if congress doesn't want to provide it, it doesn't get provided. this is going to be an ongoing conversation skpchlt for those republicans, and there haven't been that many, at least so far on the record today, at least in congress, boat surreptitiously criticizing the president. there have been critics in the past saying the president has not talked about afghanistan nearly as much. and he's saying, i am now. talk about the bin laden university all you want, but this is an agreement that's going to fuse these two neighbors together until 2024 and let me talk. >>> the trio of the. all three of them have been critical for the president for not selling afghanistan enough to the. she's praising that that some will criticize and say, why use this during the obama anniversary? he will shoot back and say, hey, you say i'm not making a out filed. >> let me ask you about this question of the good war and the bad war. i want to
perspective? >> well, look, the president is announcing tonight that the united states is going hment to the way to 2024. let's think about that for a minute. this war in afghanistan started after 9/11. so 23 years after 9/11, our commitment in afghanistan may formally, finally come to an end. as atia pointed out, this isn't just all about the troops, it's about resources. a few points about this agreement. number one, there is not going to be any permanent u.s. base. it not like enginegermany, not japan. any military force would be using the afghan facilities. that's number one. number two, the amount of money is not specified because that's up to congress, and congress will make that decision every year. what does that mean? there will be an annual lobbying effort. this is where i think the politics of this is not so cut and dry, and there may be a lot of people saying, this is an obama anniversary. it may be a way of doing that. but look how unpopular the war in afghanistan is. he's got to sit there and explain to the american people that while this is the beginning of the end of t
this to say. >> i do not comment on specific classified operations other than to say that the united states engages in a number of operations to go after al qaeda and their militant allies. their terrorist allies who would try to attack the united states. what this incident makes clear is that this country has to continue to remain vigilant against those that would seek to attack this country. >> we'll have the latest on this story at the top of the show. plus, debating gay marriage. it was a great case of tell me what you really think. yesterday vice president joe biden came out in favor of same-sex marriage. it's assumed he was speaking for himself, not for the president. opposing gay marriage is no longer a slam dunk for republicans. americans' attitude towards gays and gay marriage are changing incredibly fast. but, how biden's from the heart declaration will affect the election is anyone's guess. also, president obama kicked off his re-election campaign this wct weekend by rejecting the question, are you better off than you were four years ago? he said the right question is, where are
and the even differences on missile defense. "with the united states on a path to a hollow military" he writes, "we are hardly in a position to exercise leadership in persuading allies to spend more on security. the irresponsible defense cuts are clearing the way for our partners to do even less." still what is remarkable about the policy and afghanistan, republicans are giving the president plenty of room. they don't want to argue any other side to this argument about keeping troops there longer. this is a war that is not longer popular with the men public. the other summit with the european economy on the brain, the summit with the most domestic impact may have happened earlier this weekend when the leaders of the world's wealthiest economies met at camp david. the same debate about growth or austerity, spending or cuts will go farthest to spur economic recovery in the long term is being fought out in europe as well and the white house is happy with that they believe is a more unified message on their message from the western km economies after this weekend. >> as all the leaders here today
a republican with enough working digits to handle a been and become president of the united states. >> that was the most shameless statement by the tax cutting right by what they need in the white house. someone to cut the taxes and stay out of the way of anyone else. i was in the room for that speech, and i thought, they really don't think they need a president. you may think that's human being rouse on his part, and to some extent it is. >> who came up with that word? >> i thought he -- >> okay, it means smart alac. >> if you look at the primaries and everybody grover gets to sign, then he is right. this is the core of the republican philosophy, a hard line on taxes, simple to understand, jon huntsman did not sign it, and he went nowhere. so what grover is saying yes it's full of pride, but it also happens to be true. >> every time i go to a business convention that you probably love to go to, the reward weekends for these guys they all play golf and their all for tax cuts. and they all like this guy. and every member of congress, all of the candidates for president signed this t
by alleging the president of the united states was not really the president of the united states. he intimated that president obama is secretly foreign. that was the basis of the donald trump flash in the pan candidacy years ago. >> why doesn't he show his birth certificate? i think she should. three weeks ago when i started, i thought he was born in this country and now i have doubt. >> based on what? >> his grandmother said he was born in kenya and she was there and witnessed the birth. he doesn't have a birth certificate or he hasn't shown it. if you are going to be the president of the united states you have to be born in this country and there's a doubt as to whether or not he is. >> that little brain curdling wallow in celebrity driven up chuck came to an abrupt end about one year ago when on a wednesday afternoon, the president of the united states held a press conference at the white house to release his freaking birth certificate, to put that nonsense to rest. that was on a wednesday afternoon. three days later on saturday, it was the white house correspondence dinner where the presid
the united states is trying to see whether the device could have been detected by the full body scanners that are now deployed in many airlines, many airports for flights that are bound to the u.s. now they say they can't be certain but they suspect it's built by al qaeda's and yemen's master bombmaker, the same man who designed the underwear bomb, and also the bombs that were hidden in printer card ridge, toner cartridges that were sent on cargo planes, intercepted on flights that were destined for chicago. so it's described as a great success, chris, for intelligence, and a further sign that al qaeda in yemen still the number one plot -- number one threat to the u.s. >> let me go to andrea mitchell for the political context. if you were to blow up an airliner, flying from yemen, to the united states, filled with people from yemen, people from our side working with them, what would be the fire power politically of blowing up a plane in that route? >> well, certainly that would be -- >> okay i'm gone. >> -- a huge political explosion, as well. let me give you a few more details. as you j
detail on the cia seizure of that bomb headed on an airplane from yemen to the united states. turns out the man carrying it was not a terrorist at all. we'll explain. >>> plus, i had this weird dream that vladimir putin was playing hockey one day after winning the election and silvio berlusconi was cheering him on. >>> here at "30 rock" in new york city at 5:30 a.m. we begin with the end of an era. senator dick lugar will not be heading back to capital hill. it was not close. senator lugar first elected in 1976 lost by 22 points last night to state trish remember richard mourdock. outside spending groups poured millions of dollars into this race. senator lugar was criticized by conservatives for being too moderate and spending too much time outside of the state. he issued a statement condemning mr. mourdock's politics. his unrelenting partisan mind set is irreconcilable with my philosophy. he will encounter roadblocks in congress and he will have more republicans who will embrace the same. his prime mission is to cleanse the party. that's the statement from dick lugar after losing his s
a request to leave china. he said he wanted to go to the united states. he said he could like to leave with hillary clinton on her plane. she's there for high level meetings. as we reported last night he phoned into an emergency congressional hearing that was called to discuss his case. he reiterated in the phone call that he wanted help from secretary clinton. it's all very dramatic. last night when we left this story it was totally up in the air as to what would happen on this today. the clock is ticking. today there does seem to be progress toward a new deal that could get him out of china and to the united states in way that did not escalate this any further. apparently he's now been offered a fellowship at nyu's law school. china said they will consider his request to become a student or a visiting lecturer. the u.s. government say they expect the request to be expedited. this is happening in the shadow of hillary clinton being in china. he's expected to depart on saturday local time but beijing is 12 hours ahead of east coast. she will be leaving momentarily. she will be leaving
of the united states. what was remarkable is what mitt romney didn't say. he didn't explain a single thing that he learned as the leader of bain capital that would translate into being president of the united states. i think that was the problem. up with specific thing he did say that we could really learn from is he talked about one company that bain capital did invest in, which is a company that bain capital invested $18 million in. maybe he learned that government helps create jobs twice as much as private equity. >> what was your reaction? >> i thought it was really weird. it seemed like our decision was no decision at all. you just said i don't know. that is what we are seeing over several days. this was an interview that was by no means a hard ball set of questions but basic questions like tell us what you did and is this what you need to know? i have learned a lot in my entire life. it made it sound like he had more to hide than he has to hide. >> he started attacking the president. it was as if the interview was with a surrogate of the president as opposed to the candidate himself.
reverend wright had with the president of the united states since he took the oath of office? >> you know, they haven't had any. president obama was clear that mr. wright's views didn't reflect the president's views. this required moral leadership on mitt romney's part to stand up to the extreme voices in his party. once again, he didn't rise to the occasion. one of the things he tried to do today is equate this hateful attack with a simple discussion of governor romney's economic record we had in this campaign. we've seen this from romney before. he didn't stand up to one of the symbolic heads of the republican party, rush limbaugh when he made those hateful comments against sandra fluke. we've been clear whether supporter of the president or person that used this rhetoric, and romney didn't stand up. >> he said he repudiated this style of campaign. do you believe him? >> he was asked later in the day about his comments earlier in the year about reverend wright you played not too long ago. he said he stood behind them. time and time again, he had the opportunity to stand up to the extrem
't dream. my mother believed and my father believed that if i wanted to be president of the united states, i could be. i could be vice president. my mother and father and believed that if my brother and sister wanted to be a millionaire, they could be a millionaire. my mother and father dreamed as much as any rich guy dreams. >> absolutely. >> any don't get it! they don't get who we are. >> good morning. it's thursday, may 17th. >> who was that? >> that was the vice president of the united states. >> i don't get it. >> what do you mean you don't get it? >> i don't get who they are. i'm joking. of course, i get who joe is. >> i get who joe is. >> i am joe. joe is me. >> yes, you are. >> all right. >> you're confused. >> i'm back we have. we have jim cramer on the set running into 30 rock this morning scurrying around in circles going where is the "wall street journal." he looked like he needed a fix. >> mike, you hung out with baseball on us last night. >> baseball owners and bob bowman and who we were talking about who created and developed mlb-tv, which is just spectacular. >> spectacula
to destroy an airplane bound for the united states. detail and a live report coming up. >>> plus -- karl rove's money machine is hard at work against the president. now he's doing everything he can to keep his big money donors a secret. >>> and the gloves come off. president obama kicks off his campaign going right at willard. it's going to be a long six months for him. >> i don't care how many ways you try to explain it. corporations aren't people. people are people. >> you're watching "politics nation" live on msnbc. look, every day we're using more and more energy. the world needs more energy. where's it going to come from? ♪ that's why right here, in australia, chevron is building one of the biggest natural gas projects in the world. enough power for a city the size of singapore for 50 years. what's it going to do to the planet? natural gas is the cleanest conventional fuel there is. we've got to be smart about this. it's a smart way to go. ♪ [ female announcer ] gross -- i'll tell you what's really gross: used dishcloths. they can have a history that they drag around with them. for a
? >> god bless you. god bless the united states of america. now i want to shake some hands. >> the breaking news at this hour is that president obama is on his way back to the united states after his address to the nation from bagram airfield in afghanistan on the one-year anniversary of s.e.a.l. team six's successful mission to get osama bin laden. tonight the commander-in-chief hailed the united states military's accomplishments in afghanistan. >> we broke the taliban's momentum. we built strong afghan security forces. we devastated al qaeda's leadership taking out over 20 of their top 30 leaders. and one year ago, from a base here in afghanistan, our troops launched the operation that killed osama bin laden. the bold goal that i set to defeat al qaeda and deny it a chance to rebuild is now within our reach. >> the president then described the path forward for the united states after its combat troops withdraw from afghanistan by the end of 2014. >> emerge from a decade of conflict abroad and economic crisis at home. it's time to renew america. an america where our children live free from
're comfortable with same-sex marriage? >> i'm vice president of the united states of america. the president sets the policy. i am absolutely comfortable with the fact that many marrying men, women marrying women and heterosexual are entitled to the same right, all civil rights and liberties and i don't see much of a distinction beyond that. >> in a second term will this administration come out behind same-sex marriage? >> i can't speak to that. i don't know the answer to that. >> you can see in his response there at the end to the question of second term policy making that he thinks he might have gone too far. perhaps minutes after the remarks on sunday senior obama campaign advisor tweeted what vp said that all married couples should have the same rights is potus's position which is not exactly true. he didn't just say that gay couples have the same right, he said they should be able to get married. the reason the obama campaign was in a rush to assure everyone that news was not made because the president is not a supporter of the freedom to marry. despite a 1996 candidate survey he answered sa
to the united states so he can pursue his studies. >> clinton also said she was, quote, encouraged by this two-sentence statement from china's foreign ministry. quote, if he wishes to study overseas as a chinese citizen, he can, like any other chinese citizens, process relevant procedures with relevant departments through normal channels in accordance to the law. several chinese newspapers launched an insult on chen and the u.s. describing the dissident as a pawn of the united states. china's official news agency did not follow suit suggesting there might be disagreement in china over how to save face in this crisis with both clinton and geithner on chinese soil. the chinese government, they say, has said they will accept his applications for appropriate travel documents and they would give his visa and family v. request priority. it follows a tense 48-hours where he in a beijing hospital surrounded by security answered a phone call from high man rights activist as they were meeting with republican members of congress. >> translator: i want to meet with the secretary, clinton. i hope i can get
to take a look not just at the united states, but overseas, because the republican prescription is for big government spending cuts, a and they are claiming that will create lots of jobs. we are getting those in europe. take a look at ireland. take a look at spain where they are getting exactly what the republicans say we should do, and those are catastrophes, right? >> well, the catastrophes, you did not mention the netherlands and the problem in europe rebelled against the slow-growth or no-growth policies and the republicans layer it up saying we will cut the spending and then want it both ways and cut the programs that affect the poor people, and the british labor party guy said to me over there, and said the right wingers and guys like romney believe that the best way to get poor people to work is to cut them and the best way for rich people to work hard ser to give them harder and why to be better for the rich people, but if you screw the poor people, they will be whipped into action somehow. >> right. if you look for a logical explanation, you won't find it, but what you will ask is
, and it was the right thing to do. >> the president of the united states today chose an interview with robin roberts to make news and to make history. >> over the course of several years as i talked to friends and family and neighbors, when i think about members of my own staff who are incredibly committed, monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, raising kids together, when i think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf, and yet feel constrainted, even now that don't ask, don't tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point i just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that i think same-sex couples should be able to get married. >> white house officials are leaking a background story that sounds like the stuff of fiction and just may be. as the story goes, the president planned to announce his support for marriage equality sometime before the democratic national convention in september, but then vice president biden said this on "meet the press." >>
for the past three and a half years. how much contact has he had with the president of the united states since he took the oath of office? >> they haven't had any. the president was clear that reverend wright's views that were played again and again didn't reflect the president's views. >> critics want to know if barack obama assimilated sinister view s of jeremiah wright. they try to create a direct line. the attack dog exposed by the new york city created story boards to show how barack obama undermined the united states of america because he was influenced by jeremiah wright. they say he's apologized for america. >> president obama's foreign policy is one that america is another nation with flag. president obama apologizes for america. it's time for us to be strong as a nation. >> it's not true. president obama has never apologized for america and he sure hasn't been shy in taking out its enemies. if president obama answered questioned about jeremiah wright four years ago and he hasn't had contact with him since, why bring him up now. here is sean hannity. >> i think he's far more in view t
the presidential e award for increasing u.s. exports and bringing that money and jobs here to the united states. of course, we're in southern california, so we are but one ocean away from a china. rather large ocean. of course, 3 million american jobs have been lost to that nation during the past decade, 2 million of them in manufacturing alone. and all those items that we import from china and buy into our country support as many as 20 million jobs in china. good for chinese government political security unless they have a big unemployment problem, my goodness. better that we have that. but it seems china's tide may be turning. new research shows american companies are making big plans to bring manufacturing jobs back home. the new term reshoring. and according to the hackett group which follows these trends, they're saying u.s. companies are looking to reshoring 20% of their manufacturing during the next 40 years. but the repatriation of jobs and the money that comes with it are not happening because of u.s. policies, in fact, it's happening despite them. it's happening because of chinese pol
the president of the united states or is it understandable in context as we played it in context? >> you know what, one reason it's so hard to get politicians to answer questions they dissect everything they say. in context this is understandable. i would say west virginia probably safely republican for mitt romney this year considering how things went in that primary. >> and considering how even joe manchin the democratic senator often doesn't vote with the white house on issues. susan, we appreciate that. and in the reagan building in d.c., president obama announced a $3 billion campaign to alleviate hungner africa with the help of 45 business who are going to invest in reforming agriculture at the grassroots level. this is the brainchild of the head of usaid, rajiv shah one of the stars of the administration, as the president mentioned. >> every time i meet him, i realize that i was an underachiever in my 30s. >> joining me now is raj shah. the president embarrassed you in front of the world here in terms of what you have brought to the table, an initiative to try to do nothing short of li
for oil. we can increase oil production in the united states by $4 milli 4 million barrels a day. it won't be done in places like nigeria. and we need to do more than label china a currency manipulator. we need to take absolute firm action that generates results. >> yep. so here's what's frustrated me which you two will appreciate over three years of doing this every day through various iterations and climates. my newest opinion, if you will, jared, is this. that the way that we talk about solving our problems, meaning the way that our government takes an inventory of what the problem is, plans to address the problem, executes the plan to problem and reviews what that plan was to adapt its future deployment is basically nonexistent. that our culture, not just nobody's fault -- our culture has prevailed by secrecy and two sets of rules at every layer and that naturally creates a dysfunctional structure. and until we repair that, that our capacity to solve these other issues is heavily impaired. no the that we shouldn't do it, but that our capacity to address them is impaired by our failur
, to permit highly educated foreign students to stay in the united states. and when you look at the numbers, it's just extraordinary that so many of these foreign students who are the real entrepreneurs of the future are forced to go back to their home countries. >> that's right. in the united states, we have a real challenge right now. we need to strengthen science, technology, engineering, and math education programs and opportunities for americans. but we are educating tens of thousands of non-u.s. nationals who are getting master's and doctoral degrees in these programs. there are tens of thousands of jobs that our most competitive, fastest growing companies can't fill and because of our current immigration laws, we've forced these highly educated folks to go home to the countries from which they came. we won't let them stay here, start jobs or take jobs, so in a bill, a bipartisan bill that senator warner of virginia, senator rubio of florida and i introtduced earlier this week, e make a number of important changes to support small business job growth. one is to create a new class of v
in the history of the united states in the white house. they are really em em player. the way they behave with their children tore me is admiral. there's a great family. and romney probably has a great family. but family is not -- >> all i meant to say, there are two things that is animate his life and he's uncomfortable talking about both of them. if you're running a presidential campaign and your candidate talk in a human compelling way about the two most important aspects of their life which is to say creating profitable businesses and his church, you have a huge strategic problem on your hands. you need your candidate to be able to talk about things that animate him. he's afraid of those things whether he's personally uncomfortable with them or the politics is a problem for him -- >> did you hear maggie haberman just saying correct? >> i love it when she does it. it makes me feel so affirmed. >> let me just -- mr. lipton as we talk about source material, whether it's the mormon church, the things one reads, the influences creatively on one's life are things to call upon. mitt romney's
consequence and he'll come to the united states. andrea, i have to also -- >> i just wanted to play a little bit of what hillary clinton said in china this morning and then have you react to it. >> all of our efforts with mr. chen have been guided by his choices and our values. and i'm pleased that today, our ambassador has spoken with him again. our embassy staff and our doctor had a chance to meet with him. and he confirms that he and his family now want to go to the united states so he can pur u his studies. >> are you satisfied because clearly hillary clinton is going to leave for bangladesh then on to india. so this is going to take a couple of days at least for the paperwork. it's going to be the immediate family, not his mother, not the extended family. i understand he's going to be coming to nyu. are you satisfied with the agreement if he able so leave in a matter of days or a short amount of time? >> it's a step in the right direction. i do believe the ball was dropped largely in the begin and this groundswell of support, it was untenable to think he would find a safe place somewher
had to resign the presidency of the united states three years early in disgrace, narrowly avoiding being impeached and convicted and thrown out of office. frankly, he needed to make a little money, so he agreed for a large fee to sit down for a series of tv interviews, in which he basically wanted to talk about anything other than watergate. but he also wanted to defend himself on watergate. he wanted to try to shape his legacy, to be seen as something other than a disgraced cook who had had to resign his presidency. that effort to try to rehabilitate his image, to defend himself on watergate, led richard nixon to this iconic moment in the american presidency. >> well, when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal. >> richard nixon was trying to rehabilitate his image there. that did not help. "if the president does it, by definition, it's not illegal?" the president of the united states is above the law, just by virtue of being president? richard nixon is still and will forever be viewed as a crook and a disgrace to the presidency. not only because of the crimes co
to the chinese government. and frankly, the united states is in no position to dictate what the terms of release will be for a chinese citizen, dissident or otherwise. >> do you agree with that, p.j.? >> well, secretary cohen is my former boss. i would phrase it a little bit differently. it is not about leverage. the united states negotiated in good faith with china based on the wishes that mr. chen expressed at the time. he was trying to do something very unique which is rather than be an activist who is forced into exile, he wanted to be an activist that continued to do his work inside china. much more powerful. and so the united states negotiated that basis. it thought it had a deal is that that deal is unraveling. as a result, mr. chen is changing his mind and may well be seeking to come to the united states. i think u.s. officials as we speak are trying to actually get to see him again. and chinese officials evidently are preventing that from happening. >> just at this event, mitt romney calling this day of shame for the obama administration if the reports are true. not saying what he would
, mr. dimon, who is head of the largest bank of the united states of america sits on the board, the regional, federal, new york board that regulates banks in that area is totally absurd. as you've indicated, six out of the nine members of the board are appointed by the banking industry, and that also makes no sense at all. so we've got to end the obvious conflicts of interest. we have to get people who are e beholden to the financial institutions off the regional set, and that's what i would suggest. >> what are your political prospects with this? >> i'll tell you the truth. i think if you ask the american people, do you think you should have bankers on the board that regulates the banking industry, i suspect 90% of the people would say, are you crazy? of course, you shouldn't. on the other hand, wall street is enormously powerful and we'll see how well we'll do. i think the key points here, dylan, is that three years -- four years ago, wall street drove this country into a horrendous recession through their greed, their recklessness and their illegal behavior. most americans
of the president of the united states being secretly foreign. that is your history forever. now it's time for "the last word with lawrence o'donnell". >> wow, talk about a coincidence, the biggest liar of the presidential campaign is raising money tonight in vegas, with america's biggest pathological liar. mitt romney accepts and plays the trump card. >> doubling down vegas style. >> honeymoon in vegas. >> mitt romney's fund-raiser. >> a $2 million las vegas fund-raiser. >> with donald trump tonight. >> i want to say thank you to donald trump for his endorsement. >> donald trump. donald trump. >> why? >> why? >> why? >> the place of birth movement. >> you are courting disaster. >> this is about raising money. >> mitt romney is not going to have trouble raising money. >> how do you let a guy, donald trump. >> chair a $2 million fund-raiser who thinks that the president of the united states is illegitimate. what is the benefit here? >> i just don't even -- >> i thought your introduction was highly inappropriate. >> there is some very nasty undertones. >> he was born in kenya. >> this is the most obn
of the united states was not born in this country. romney met with trump during a high-profile fundraiser last night in las vegas. romney aides have called trump's birther comments an unhelpful distraction. but the event went on as scheduled. president obama's campaign for re-election is out with an ad highlighting the issue. the video credits senator john mccain for knocking down personal attacks against then-candidate obama during the 2008 election and questions why mitt romney won't do the same with the likes of donald trump. the obama campaign released a statement saying mitt romney's continued embrace of donald trump and refusal to condemn his disgraceful conspiracy theories demonstrates his complete lack of moral leadership. if mitt romney lacks the backbone to stand up to a charlatan like donald trump, what does that say about the kind of president he would be? the romney campaign has said time and again, it believes president obama was born in the united states. >>> newt gingrich also in las vegas for romney's fundraiser said the trump issue will not hurt mr. romney's campaign. >> gove
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